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  1. Oh my goodness! I wish I had been keeping an eye on your blog, I had forgotten how superb it is! These images are stunning – it made me chuckle because Im just planning my Christmas table and Im going for moss down the middle and Im putting edible mushrooms growing out of the centre moss piece – its going to be slightly elfin inspired πŸ™‚ I also LOVE your theme, its so fresh and crisp, I must look more often, its nice seeing proper sized images rather than wee instagram ones. Inspiring, thank you x

    • Nice to hear all that, Niki – I know you’re busy with the designs and getting things out, especially at this time of year. Your Christmas table sounds enchanting, and I bet the colors will be perfect. This theme seems to work well for my photographs – I don’t like images that are really small, either. The square format of Instagram can be great, and there are loads of great-looking, graphically strong images to see there, but when I try to shift gears and post on Instagram it’s difficult – I’m used to this format.

  2. Thank you for these wonderful pictures! It’s been days now since I was able to get outside and just soak in what I see, and instead I’ve been soaking up what you’ve been seeing and have given us. Just lovely.

  3. Absolutely magical Lynn. It’s funny, I’ve just commented on another blog that I so often neglect what another blogger, Andy – Lenscaper, described as the microscape. Your mastery of this is evident in every post you make. Your observation brings this all alive. I envy that. πŸ™‚

  4. Really like the point of view in your second photograph. The rose hips photo is my favorite for the colors and lines and shapes. The pastel bluish greens in that shot and the three photos after that are yummy. I never get those colors.

    • Those articulating screens are great for low angle shots, but I confess that I still find getting back up difficult – the knees and legs! It’s terrible. The rose hip photo was drastically altered. The original is much darker, with no light to speak of on the rose hips. I saw potential so I zoomed in and cropped, pulled way back on the clarity, and played with the saturation and luminosity of the different colors. And the pastel colors? Not in the originals! Life is darker and more saturated than that around here. I have to go over the mountains to the dry side to find those gorgeous colors, but I wanted the look so I de-saturated those images, and made other adjustments, mostly actually in Colorefex Pro.

  5. Yes, its all around us, its just a question or really looking and seeing. Here, I especially like the first image – wow! that’s vibrant in terms of both colour and texture!; and the rose hips too, wonderful angle; and that final one, the mono. Wonderful, Lynn. A πŸ™‚

    • The first one needed very little, but the rose hips – I had fun making big changes in that one, and I liked the way it came out. In the last one, the Japanese maple leaf was caught on the other leaf and held mostly because of the rain, but still, it was such a delicate balance. Must have drifted down by now!

      • Good to hear you enjoy the post-processing. Increasingly, I’m finding that I have to be in the right frame of mind for p-p. Sometimes I sit at the computer and very soon realise I haven’t a hope in hell of producing anything worthwhile – but other times I can’t contain my creativity, it runs riot – and I often find myself singing or humming!!! FATman, a case for treatment … πŸ™‚

      • The music must be a good sign…and you know what I’ve noticed? That sometimes when I’m very tired, things free up. At the tail end of the day, for instance, I will just let go enough to get more interesting results. And scrolling through Flickr can be inspirational, but not too much, or one loses one’s own vision!

  6. You’ve brought it home to us all here Lynn … beautiful observations and images … we need to slow down and look … and work with the wind πŸ˜‰ Have a wonderful weekend !

  7. What a lovely, light feeling you’ve given us in this post – there’s such brilliant, reliable pure happiness in the small noticings of life, you’ve captured this, and reminded me to look again..

  8. Do you happen to know the name of the moss (or whatever it is) in the first photo? I found some in Arkansas and Oklahoma, but haven’t been able to identify it. One of the problems with searching is that, if you don’t have a clue, the results can be strange. In that same photo, I dearly love the arrangement of the three little leaves: differently-sized, and in different colors. They’re so appealing.

    The bluish berries are even better than the rose hips — at least, to my eye. They’re yet another variation on the blue-and-brown combination I’m coming to love so well. And I like the way you’ve captured the wind in some of these photos. Sharpness and clarity are good, but they aren’t always the right way to portray a landscape (listen to me, with opinions and everything). My favorite among them is the blue-berry photo just below the rose hips. Everything about it seems perfect.

  9. …happen to know? Tough one! I’m not sure it’s the same as what you saw – this location is at 3000′ and very wet – but then, mosses are all over the place! It’s hard without the actual moss and a lens. The family might be POLYTRICHACEAE; the genus could be OLIGOTRICHUM. In the second photo there are two mosses; the larger one (to the right of the leaf on the left), looks like it’s probably common haircap, Polystrichum commune. The smaller one in that photo is the same one in the first photo – maybe Oliotrichum aligerum, I think aka Polystrichum algerum. Or maybe Polychicastrum alpinum. Try googling mosses or bryophytes for the locations or counties and check the images. The three little leaves are wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana).
    Those blurry shrubs with the bluish berries are Red Osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), which grows wild here. I love blue & brown, too. I played with that image a lot – first I applied some changes in Color efex Pro, a fun program, much easier than Photoshop and with more options than Lightroom. Then I went back into LR and lightened it more. I liked the way the pale look suits the windiness. Thanks! You have made me delve deep into mosses this morning, with no real luck, but it’s fun to search – oh well!

  10. I just realized your posts had stopped coming to my inbox! What a loss but I’ve fixed it, I hope. I had to chuckle at your gorgeous photos~just yesterday I was bent over taking close up photos of the leaves at my feet! πŸ™‚ Great minds….

    • Glad to hear it – in the photos with the softest colors, I did more processing, reducing the contrast and saturation, etc. Even in winter (which can be so dark here) it can get very bright!


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